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HOOD RIVER, Ore. -- Searchers reached a woman missing in the Columbia River Gorge around 8pm Wednesday.

Authorities said 56-year-old Pamela Benjamin-Monheimer of Portland was cold but otherwise uninjured.

She became separated while hiking with a friend and a dog near Angel's Rest just before 2 p.m. Her hiking partner called 911 for help after realizing she was nowhere to be found.

Searchers scoured the trails for several hours before locating the woman. They worked from a temporary base camp at the Angel's Rest trail head.

Deputies had limited contact with Benjamin-Monheimer via cell phone but that allowed them to narrow her approximate location along the trail and eventually locate her.

Angel's Rest is an exposed bluff on the western end of the Columbia River Gorge. The trail to the summit is at times surrounded by cliffs

The trail head is east of Portland at the junction of the Historic Columbia River Highway and East Bridal Veil Road near the town of Bridal Veil.


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